The reality for the generation beneath me is vastly different. To them the Holocaust is more history than memory. by David Jacobson I was literally just leaving the Pinelands cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa from yet another incredibly moving Yom HaShoah ceremony in May, when the annual lament of ‘where are the young adults?’ began. And it is a fact: despite over 1200 members of the Cape Town Jewish community turning up on a public … [Read more...] about Why Should Young Jews Care About the Shoah?
by Anne Lanski We hear a lot of exciting news these days about individual projects in Israel Education. It seems like every week something new is happening. There are programs for day school educators, supplementary school educators, youth professionals, camp educators, rabbinic students, graduate students, and teens. Organizations as diverse as BBYO, Yeshiva University, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp are … [Read more...] about Israel Education: A Growing Forest
by Joy Brand-Richardson When we were developing JCC Association’s Statement of Principles in 2012, we knew that if we were to help JCCs and their members lead engaged Jewish lives, then Israel needed to be at the heart of what they do. We wanted our JCCs to not only buy into the statement in our principles that “Israel is an eternal birthright of the Jewish people, linking us to our past and to Jews around the world today,” but also to create … [Read more...] about Putting Israel into JCCs by Sending Young Staff to Visit
Recently Israel has made a demand of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and, in essence, as the state of the Jewish people. I must admit I find this demand by a Likud government to be somewhat amusing. You may wonder why. It is because the Knesset just elected a president of the State of Israel, Reuben Rivlin, who does not recognize Jews who do not uphold the Orthodox line of Judaism. He will not recognize Conservative and … [Read more...] about Does the [Incoming] President of the State of Israel Really Care About Jewish Unity?
by Temimah Zucker At the end of the academic calendar, students often look back on the growth, challenges, successes, and failures of the year. They also reflect on how quickly time flew, even though they thought they’d never make it through the school year. This past year I completed my first year of graduate school and yet, as June begins, this was not the process on which I have been reflecting. Rather, I have looked back on the … [Read more...] about The Power of Life Experiences: What I’ve Learned About Life and Success